ERIC Number: ED154727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Gamesmanship. Student-Oriented Change in Higher Education.
Astin, Alexander W.
The book is based in part on an unusual kind of social experiment whose main purpose was to see if a diverse group of 19 colleges and universities could be stimulated to undertake changes in their policies and programs that would be designed primarily to improve the educational environment for students. The stimulus for change was comprehensive data, previously unavailable, showing the effect each college was having on its students. Many things were discovered about the processes of gamesmanship in academe: how decisions do (and do not) get made, how committees operate, how data are interpreted (and misinterpreted), and how and why faculty members resist change. At the same time, a number of very practical ideas were developed about how to design future change strategies to maximize the chances that constructive change will occur. The experiment and the results are explained in detail. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Administration, College Faculty, Committees, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Experiments, Higher Education
Praeger Publishers, 111 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003 ($18.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Research Inst., Inc., Los Angeles, CA.